The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a sample General Certification of Conformity that manufacturers, private labelers and importers may use to meet the new product certification requirement that took effect Nov. 12. The sample document can be found at www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/faq/elecertfaq.pdf.
The new certification requirement is part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which President Bush signed into law earlier this year. The act requires that each manufacturer, private labeler and importer of products subject to CPSC safety standards (such as 16 CFR Parts 1632 and 1633 for mattresses) must issue a certificate stating compliance with product safety rules and other information to its distributors or retailers.
Companies are not required to use the sample certification, but it provides direction regarding what information is required and what the CPSC will be looking for when it enforces this new requirement. The online document also includes a “Frequently Asked Questions” section on the certification requirement, which, among other things, states that providing the required information electronically is acceptable. The CPSC also will allow certificates to be made accessible through a Web–based application or other electronic portal.
While the sample form and FAQs provide useful information, it is important to note that these documents were prepared by CPSC staff and have not been formally approved by the three–member commission itself. Therefore they are not official CPSC documents and are subject to change by the commissioners.